November

Blog Posts in November, 2016

  • DUIs and Deportation

    Does a DUI Trigger Deportation? Many Californians are not full U.S. citizens. Those without full U.S. citizenship status can be deported if convicted of certain criminal offenses in California or elsewhere. Crimes that typically trigger deportation under the Immigration and Nationality Act include: Crimes of moral turpitude Controlled substance offenses/drug addiction Aggravated felonies Firearm ...
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  • How Can I Get a Charge Reduced?

    The Difference Between Misdemeanors and Felonies California has two main classes of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies . Infractions are also technically criminal offenses, but, in practice, are handled like traffic tickets. It goes without saying; felony crimes are the most serious. They typically carry a death or prison sentence, while misdemeanor crimes are punishable by only up to ...
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  • The Science of DUI Defense

    On the Defensive Facing DUI charges can be daunting. But before you think all the odds are stacked against you, know that there are DUI defenses that have been used successfully. In fact, DUI defense almost comes down to a science. Because most DUI cases hinge on the results of the BAC test, you can use science to challenge the evidence against you. BAC Science BAC or blood alcohol concentration ...
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  • Defense of Others and Domestic Violence

    The Right to Defend Others Self-defense can be used as a valid legal defense to many violent crimes, such as assault or battery. We all have a right to self-defense when we need to protect ourselves. We also have the right to defend others from harm. In fact, under California law you can use the self-defense defense to a criminal charge if you were defending someone else. A few specific parameters ...
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  • Can I Lose My Professional License for a DUI?

    The Residual Effects of a DUI Most people know that your license will be suspended if you get a DUI conviction in California. What some people don’t realize, however, is that you could lose other licenses as well. A DUI is not just a criminal conviction; it’s a mark on your record as a credible, responsible person. Consequently, getting a DUI can affect your professional life. If you have to ...
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  • Crossing the Line: When Is an Argument Domestic Violence?

    When Have You Crossed the Line? Arguments are common in relationships. Unfortunately, sometimes arguments can escalate to the point of domestic violence if someone is harmed. Even when no one is harmed, a neighbor or concerned third-party may call the police if it sounds as if the nature of argument is violent. Since California law enforcement officers are under a strict duty to ensure domestic ...
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  • Can I Resolve My Case Before Trial?

    Reducing the Risk Criminal trials are high risk. No matter how good a case you think you have, there is still a chance a jury will convict you. Not surprisingly, many defendants try to resolve their cases before trial. Many are successful, but these defendants often have legal representation. If you are facing an upcoming trial for criminal charges , you should speak with a California criminal ...
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  • Destruction of Property and Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is a complex crime that includes many different kinds of offenses. Though the typical example of domestic violence is a partner physically harming their partner, domestic violence comes in many other forms. Some people are surprised to learn that destruction of property can be considered domestic violence under certain circumstances. Destructive acts that aren’t directed toward ...
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  • Can a DUI Really Cost Me $10,000?

    We’ve all seen the billboards and read the articles that argue a California DUI can cost you upwards of $10,000 once all is said and done. If you have, you are probably aware of some of the costs involved. You will face a variety of expenses stemming from your sentencing, the effects of the conviction on your driving privileges, and various residual expenses such as an increase in your car ...
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  • Can I Be Convicted Without Taking a Chemical Test?

    Most people think of taking a breathalyzer test when they think of getting a DUI. Common questions after being charged with a DUI include, “what did you blow?” and “what was your BAC?.” But what many people don’t realize is you can be convicted of a DUI even if you never took a chemical test to ascertain your BAC level . California DUI laws prohibit driving with a BAC of .08% or higher as well as ...
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